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Feds crack down on "card services" telemarketing calls

Posted by: James Eli Shiffer under Businesses in hot water, Scams Updated: December 8, 2009 - 5:08 PM

Mitch Katz of the Federal Trade Commission knows that Whistleblower has been hunting for Rachel from cardholder services for months.That's why he called me this afternoon to make sure I saw the FTC's enforcement action against three companies that "allegedly made robocalls to sell worthless credit-card interest-rate reduction programs for hefty up-front fees of as much as $1,495."

Federal courts in three states - Illinois, Georgia and Florida - ordered the companies to stop the automated phone calls, which the FTC says not only violate telemarketing rules, but also don't deliver the services they offer. They claim to be from "card services," or "account services," or some other variation, and they make promises about lowering credit card interest rates. According to the FTC, they're violating just about every telemarketing rule - blocking caller ID, calling people on do-not-call lists, hanging up when people ask too many questions, etc.

Here's what FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz had to say:

The FTC has heard the public outcry against robocalls and has taken swift action to stop them. During these difficult economic times, the last thing anyone needs is to be bombarded by robocalls pitching worthless interest-rate reduction programs... The lawsuits announced today are not the first, nor will they be the last, that the agency brings to protect consumers from intrusive, illegal, and deceptive telemarketing robocalls.

"I don't know if this going to stop Rachel," Katz told me. "I can tell you this is going to stop a lot of the calls."

Though many of you have contacted me saying you have figured out Rachel's true employer, these businesses were all new ones for me: Economic Relief Technologies, LLC, Dynamic Financial Group (U.S.A.) Inc., and JPM Accelerated Services (JPM). There are all sorts of affiliated companies and individuals named as well, which are listed below, as described by the FTC:

The case against Economic Relief Technologies was filed on November 30, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against: 1) Economic Relief Technologies, LLC; 2) Saferide Warranty LLC; 3) VP Marketing, LLC; and 4) Jason James Eyer, Kara Singleton Adams, and James A. Shoenholz.

The case against Dynamic Financial Group was filed on November 30, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, against: 1) 2145183 Ontario, Inc., also doing business as (d/b/a) Dynamic Financial Resolutions Inc.; 2) The Dynamic Financial Group (U.S.A.) Inc.; 3) R&H Marketing Concepts, Inc., also d/b/a EZ Financial Solutions; 4) Alpha Financial Debt Group Inc.; 5) America Freedom Advisors Inc.; 6) Thriller Marketing, LLC, also d/b/a Easy Financial Solutions; and 7) Joseph G. Rogister, Sean Rogister, Philip N. Constantinidis, Michael Falcone, Frank Porporino Jr., Christopher M. Hayden, Dwayne J. Martins, and John L. Franks Jr.

The case against JPM Accelerated Services was filed on November 30, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, against: 1) JPM Accelerated Services Inc.; 2) IXE Accelerated Financial Centers LLC; 3) IXE Accelerated Service Centers Inc.; 4) MGA Accelerated Services Inc.; 5) World Class Savings Inc.; 6) Accelerated Savings Inc.; 7) B&C Financial Group Inc.; and 8) Jeanie B. Robertson, Brooke Robertson, Ivan X. Estrella, Jaime M. Hawley, Kimberly Nelson, Paige Dent, Alexander J. Dent, Micha S. Romano, and Ashley M. Westbrook.

 

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